As a step in the face of the corona virus pandemic, health experts at home and abroad encourage everyone to do social distancing, undergo quarantine themselves, and of course wash hands regularly with soap and water to help slow the spread.
But there is another important thing to remember, the first thing attacked by the corona virus in Covid-19 is the respiratory system, which means our lungs.
Therefore, it is very important to treat our lungs properly, because hand washing alone seems to be less effective if our lungs are not healthy enough to resist any infection on their own.
One of the things we can do to maintain healthy lungs is to eat nutritious foods, to help protect against various respiratory conditions.
Here are five foods that are good for lung health:
An apple a day will not only keep us from the doctor, but also help keep the corona virus. This is because apples are rich in phytochemicals that can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which in turn will help improve lung function.
2. Green vegetables
The second is green vegetables like spinach and kale, all of which are full of nutrients such as fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that all support lung health.
3. Green tea
If you like warm drinks that are soothing, green tea is a good choice because it is filled with polyphenols and antioxidants that are known to help suppress the growth of lung cancer cells in various studies. In addition, regular consumption of green tea is also known to reduce the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
You can also try garlic, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can also help protect the lungs from oxidative stress. It can also help reduce the risk of lung cancer in the future.
If you are a seafood lover, there is good news, because salmon is a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids that can help maintain lung health.
Salmon is also known to be low in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids, which are known to be found in unhealthy “modern” foods.
In addition, salmon is a source of selenium, a mineral that works as an antioxidant in the body.
It deals with reducing the risk of arthritis, maintaining the immune system and thyroid, and helping to protect body tissues by preventing cell damage.
In addition to consuming these five foods, no less important for maintaining lung health is to stop smoking.
The reason, smokers and vape users (e-cigarettes) turned out to be more at risk of corona virus infection.
This finding was obtained from a recent report from Scientific American science publications to Express.co.uk, Dr. Immunologist Jenna Macciochi advised smokers and vape users to stop immediately.
“If there is the best time to stop smoking, it is now,” he said. Smoking suppresses immune function in the lungs and triggers inflammation.
Although many are now turning to using vape as an alternative to conventional cigarettes, vape also seems to carry the same risk.
6. Red ginger
Various studies indeed mention the red ginger has a function as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant so that it can help strengthen the immune system from viruses and bacteria. Red Ginger is spread in almost all regions in Indonesia, such as in Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
Swarnalatha Dugasani’s research as quoted from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, red ginger contains chemical elements of gingerol and shogaol which are proven to have the ability to increase immunity so that they are not attacked by diseases, bacteria and viruses.
Besides functioning as an antioxidant, the Latin rhizome plant called Zingiber Officinale also functions as an antiemetic (anti-emetic), antibacterial and also inflammation. The level of gingerol in red ginger is higher than that of elephant ginger which is apparently the most commonly used by the people today.
Higher levels of gingerol, heavier per rhizome, and more essential oil content make red ginger more effective for public health.
As various health institutions have suggested, to prevent the virus is to diligently wash your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth when your hands are dirty. Then avoid direct contact with wild animals and livestock, and use a mask during the activity.
However, all of that will be useless if you do not maintain health and endurance. For that, always consume red ginger to increase the body’s immune system.